What to Pack for Your Australia North Adventure
The following packing list contains general recommendations for an Australia North adventure. If you are currently booked on Australia North: Kakadu, Daintree & the Great Barrier Reef, please consult your pre-departure materials for the most up-to-date packing list for your trip. You will receive these pre-departure materials 60–90 days before your departure.
Simplify your packing—shop at Nat Hab’s online Gear Store for some of the key items recommended for your adventure. Look for this icon in the list below, then go to the Nat Hab Gear Store to start shopping.
Adventure Specific Guidelines
- All snorkeling gear is provided by Nat Hab.
- Temperatures can vary during this adventure. Please reference the Weather & Climate section for weather information specific to your departure date.
- The sun in Australia is particularly damaging due to the reduced ozone; thus, good sunscreen, lightweight, long-sleeved shirts and a hat are essential for your protection.
- 2 KN95 masks per person (included in your pre-departure package)
- Lightweight neck gaiter (included in your pre-departure package)
—Useful for wearing over the KN95 masks to keep them clean and extend their use.
—Also provides sun, wind and/or dust protection.
- Additional cloth face coverings
—We recommend bringing a few more face coverings of your own.
- Lightweight, breathable waterproof rain jacket and rain pants
—Waterproof, not just water resistant. Your rain jacket should have a hood. These may be your most useful pieces of clothing as you will be walking in areas where it could drizzle all day or, at times, rain down in buckets!
- Sturdy lightweight hiking shoes
- 4–5 short-sleeved T-shirts
—Avoid bright colors that may attract insects. Moisture-wicking fabric if preferred.
- 2–3 long-sleeved shirts
- 2 fleece pullovers or sweaters
- 1–2 pairs of shorts
- 2–4 pairs of pants
- 1 pair of nylon zip-off pants.
—These are great for hiking as they are great for cool mornings and warmer afternoons.
- Rash Guard for snorkeling
- Bathing suit
—2 for daily snorkeling excursions.
- Sport sandals (i.e. Tevas, Chacos, Keens, etc.)
—Water-resistant sport sandals are highly recommended for getting in or out of the skiffs during wet landings. You must not go barefoot while wading in the water, as the sharp coral can hurt. Flip flops are NOT recommended.
- Several pairs of lightweight hiking socks
—Moisture-resistant/moisture-wicking socks are preferred. Cotton socks are not recommended for hikes.
- Comfortable sneakers or walking shoes
- Lightweight sleepwear
- Sun hat, with brim
- 1 nice outfit (optional)
—For discretionary gratuities (you may want to bring envelopes for discreet presentation)
—For personal spending (souvenirs, Internet use, or food and beverages not included in your trip fee)
—Binoculars are essential for this adventure! A good quality pair with a magnification of 8x30 or 10x40 will definitely enhance your wildlife-viewing experience, and you will get the most out of them if you practice using them at home and make a habit of having them with you regularly on the adventure. We strongly suggest that each client bring his or her own pair of binoculars as you will be using them continuously.
- Water-resistant daypack (to carry camera gear and other equipment during outings)
- Water bottle
—In our continuing effort to operate adventures with as little impact on the environment as possible, we will provide you with a reusable water bottle upon arrival.
- Outlet adapter and/or power converter
- Headlamp with spare batteries (optional)
—Although not required, consider a headlamp with a red filter for possible evening wildlife walks.
- Sunglasses (with UV filter and secure strap)
- Hairdryer (optional)
—Hairdryers are not available at all accommodations either in the room or at reception.
—To save energy, use of a hairdryer at Lady Elliott is not recommended.
- Toiletries in reusable bottles to minimize waste
—Shampoo, soap and conditioner will be provided at all our accommodations.
- Sunscreen and lip balm (at least SPF30)
—Consider reef-safe sunscreens to protect the delicate underwater environment.
- Prescription medications and favorite remedies
—For headaches, colds, upset stomach, etc.
- Motion sickness medication
—If you are sensitive to motion sickness, we strongly recommend you come prepared. Ask your doctor about motion sickness patches.
- Insect repellent and anti-itch ointment
—We recommend DEET-free, non-toxic repellent.
- Snorkel, mask and wetsuit (optional)
—Snorkeling gear and wetsuits will be provided during the adventure. However, if you prefer, bring your own gear if you already have it to ensure a better fit. If you are at all sensitive to cooler water temperatures, you will probably want to wear a wetsuit while snorkeling regardless of the time of year. If you have had issues in the past with snorkeling masks fitting your face, we highly recommend bringing your own. Also, if you wear glasses for distance, we suggest bringing disposable soft contact lenses to wear while snorkeling, or bringing your own mask with built-in prescription lenses, as it is impossible to snorkel while wearing glasses under a mask.
—A combination of short and long wetsuits will be available.
—Due to recent safety issues with full-face snorkel masks, we strongly recommend not using them.
—Consider strict luggage restrictions if packing these items.
- Prescription glasses/contact lenses
—Disposable contacts for snorkeling can be handy.
- Neoprene socks
—Protects against sun, etc.
- Small medical kit
- Reusable waterproof bags
- Sewing kit
- Hiking poles (optional)